Laura M. Henderson (Utrecht): Conceptualizing State of Emergency Thinking: A Theory of Discourse and Hegemony. From Situations, Eric J Weiner (Montclair State): Time Is on Our Side: Rewriting the Space of Imagination. From Postcolonial Text, a review of Imagining Justice: The Politics of Postcolonial Forgiveness and Reconciliation by Julie McGonegal; and a review of Political Tourism and its Texts by Maureen Moynagh. In his consideration of Tiqqun's Introduction to Civil War, Frere Dupont identifies the group's self-perceived "radical subjectivity" as an elitist trap which has long plagued ultra-left and avant garde movements. Identifying Fredric Jameson’s literary style as one of his signal achievements, Terry Eagleton asks whether his formal emphases also serve to stave off questions of content: morality, sexuality, subjectivity. A review of Who Was Jacques Derrida? An Intellectual Biography by David Mikics. A review of Foucault's Philosophy of Art: A Genealogy of Modernity by Joseph J. Tanke. From the Platypus Review, a review of Gillian Rose's Hegel Contra Sociology; and why did Adorno think that Marx addressed the problems of both Kantian and Freudian accounts of consciousness? The Phrenology of Mind: A look back at Hegel's Phenomenology of Mind — seemingly silly if not highly offensive, and perhaps a precursor of contemporary cognitive science. From Ceasefire, Alex Baker on Slavoj Zizek, the most dangerous thinker in the west? In Place of a Manifesto, a Hypothesis: The Communist Hypothesis is a little red book that patches together a number of earlier essays and talks by its author, Alain Badiou. More on Jacques Ranciere's The Emancipated Spectator and more on The Aesthetic Unconscious. A review of Foucault's Legacy, ed. C. G. Prado.
From Air & Space, a special issue on mysteries of aviation. As Penguin publishes the 100th and final volume in its Great Ideas series, series editor Simon Winder explains the thinking behind 10 of his favourite covers. Laura Kipnis on scandals and why we can't live without them (and a review of How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior and more). Is animal cruelty a “red flag” for family violence? Investigating co-occurring violence toward children, partners, and pets. A review of Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control by James Rodger Fleming. A review of The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention by William Rosen (and more). What's so special: A "special interest" is any group more successful in advancing its agenda than we are. What if Washington?: Tom Engelhardt on five absurd things that simply can’t happen in Wartime Washington. Rich People Things: Finance drones seek manly Spartan adventures. Why we're all marketers now: Marketing may be having its moment of doubt, but its ideas and language seem practically to have conquered the world. A review of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. A review of Addiction: A Disorder of Choice by Gene Heyman. You can see the reason why Michael Ruse is using Herbert Spencer in his class. A look at 6 massive secret operations that are hidden all around you. Celebrity Sweepstakes: Maybe there is such a thing as bad publicity. The idea of natural talent is overrated: A review of Bounce: How Champions are Made by Matthew Syed. A review of 44 Letters from the Liquid Modern World by Zygmunt Bauman.
Chris Reiber and Justin Garcia (Binghamton): Hooking Up: Gender Differences, Evolution, and Pluralistic Ignorance. From Salon, the science of the booty call: Peter Jonason breaks down the mating habits of 20-somethings — and it's anything but p.c. Vice magazine posts an A to Z of Sex, ending with zoophilia. From Nerve, an article on ridiculous tips for a miserable sex life: Cosmo and Men's Health on keeping your breasts minty-fresh. In defense of big penises: Well-endowed men are being called overrated and "lazy", but what's wrong with having more? How did Aurora Snow go from “barely legal” to “older woman” so fast? From Details, Zak Smith, aka Zak Sabbath, is a man of many talents; and in a post-Avatar world, you can easily access three-dimensional hardcore adult content from the comfort of your own home — it's definitely an immersive experience, but does anyone actually want it? Sex in bits and bytes: How destructive is Internet porn? The internet has changed the way porn writers depict sex — how one man nearly became a scribe of smut. A review of Porn.com: Making Sense of Online Pornography. Master of the House of Playboy: Hugh Hefner, still doing it his way (does he really have a choice?). Porn for all seasons: Once upon a time, men used to outgrow porn — but now, the internet ensures that men of all ages simply cannot renounce such a beautiful thing. Pornography today, in short, is much like obesity was yesterday — a social problem increasing over time, with especially worrisome results among its youngest consumers. A review of Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male: Lessons Learned from the Fairer Sex by Philip Nork. A look at how governments have become obsessed with sex. What to serve at a Roman orgy: First, find your nightingales' tongues — or the nearest equivalent.
Simon Goodman (Coventry): “It’s Not Racist to Impose Limits on Immigration”: Constructing the Boundaries of Racism in the Asylum and Immigration Debate. From Metropoles, Philip Booth (Sheffield): Community, Cooperation and Metropolitan Democracy. From New English Review, David Hamilton on social engineering through architectural change (and more on architecture and tradition) and on the neglect of English classical music. From Literary Review, England made them: A review of Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family by Jeremy Lewis (and more and more and more and more); and wake up, England: A review of What Ever Happened to Modernism? by Gabriel Josipovici (and more). A review of The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective by Robert C. Allen. Norman names such as William, Henry and Alice have been popular for 1,000 years — why did the English copy their invaders? A review of Is God Still An Englishman: How We Lost Our Faith (But Found New Soul) by Cole Moreton (and more on how the Church of England is being replaced by the Church of Everywhere and Nowhere). A review of The Future of Multicultural Britain: Confronting the Progressive Dilemma by Pathik Pathak. Johann Hari on the slow, whiny death of British Christianity. Revisiting London: What happens when you return to a destination you once knew, only to find it unrecognizable? From The Spectator, how Jewish are the Milibands? The contradictions of identity: An interview with Gary Younge. From Alternative Right, Sean Gabb writes in defense of the British Empire. From DHA Communications, here are 20 essays exploring the future of the public and not-for-profit sectors over the next ten years. A review of Before Wilde: Sex between Men in Britain's Age of Reform by Charles Upchurch. A review of Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles will Change as the World Heats Up by Marek Kohn.
Luca Malatesti (Rijeka): Moral Understanding in the Psychopath. From Skeptical Inquirer, an article on Oprah Winfrey, bright (but gullible) billionaire; and "heads I win, tails you lose": Richard Wiseman on how parapsychologists nullify null results. And justice for all: An interview with Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty. Warren Davies tries to explain statistical significance in plain English. Cracked takes a look at the 7 most horrifying museums on earth. The 20 strangest celebrity dedications: Mark Wahlberg regrets dedicating his memoir to his penis, but he isn’t the only star who needs a do-over. A review of Einstein’s Watch: Being an Unofficial Record of a Year’s Most Ownable Things by Jolyon Fenwick and Marcus Husselby. Davos for the disturbed: Notes from a gathering of far-right parties in Tokyo, with a cameo from Jean-Marie Le Pen. From 3:AM magazine, teenage hooker became a Zizek machine. In praise of losers: Sometimes life's losers are just victims of chance — so do they deserve a critical savaging? From FDL, a book club on Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group by John Atlas. Dark Roasted Blend has a round-up of unusual globes. Corals all over the world are dying as oceans warm, but the hardy reefs near a tiny island in the South Pacific may hold the clues for saving them. The introduction to Hiroshima After Iraq: Three Studies in Art and War by Rosalyn Deutsche. From Oxonian Review, an interview with Joyce Carol Oates. Dave Jamieson, author of Mint Condition, on the 1994 crash of the baseball card industry — and the outlook for a once-cherished hobby. A review of Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness by Daniel Maier-Katkin. Buyer, be aware: What we don’t understand as consumers really could hurt us.
Andrew C. Kuchins, Thomas M. Sanderson, and David A. Gordon (CSIS): Afghanistan: Building the Missing Link in the Modern Silk Road. From the Journal of Democracy, Zalmay Khalilzad (CSIS): Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq. Whose hands, whose blood? Tom Engelhardt on killing civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bury the Graveyard: If you want to figure out a way forward for Afghanistan, fake history is not the place to start. The war is at a critical juncture — can Afghanistan be saved? When nation-building becomes cowardly escape: Americans should be outraged that shoddy infrastructure and broken promises will be our legacy in Iraq. A review of My Life with the Taliban by Abdul Salam Zaeef. What if the United States had stayed focused on Afghanistan after 2001, had rebuilt it as it said it would, had ignored Iraq? This is war: How USAID workers are trained for work and danger in Afghanistan. Anyone who thinks the United States is really going to withdraw from Afghanistan in July 2011 needs to come to the giant air base in Bagram an hour away from Kabul. The New Lost Generation: Suicide rates for troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are out of control, and post-traumatic stress disorder is reaching epidemic proportions. From Time, a cover story on the plight of Afghan women: A disturbing picture. Chris Bray reviews on Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo: Dispatches from Taliban Country by Benjamin Tupper and Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan K. Stack (and more). Raised from the ruins: After looting in Iraq damaged invaluable antiquities, archaeologists work to restore the cradle of civilization’s cultural heritage. When it comes to communicating with local populations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army often puts away the blinking and beeping devices and uses a war tactic hundreds of years old: distributing leaflets.
A new issue of Open Letters Monthly is out. From Surveillance and Society, Keith Guzik (Bloomfield): Discrimination by Design: Data Mining in the United States’ "War on Terrorism"; and Nicholas Holm (McMaster): Watching the Paranoid: Conspiracy Theorizing Surveillance. Fortune profiles Sal Khan, Bill Gates' favorite teacher. Life's Work: William James refused to reduce life or cancel possibility (and he didn't like Henry's writing). Terra Infirma: Daniel Engber on the rise and fall of quicksand. Nostalgia can conceal or justify thoughtlessness, which according to Hannah Arendt is the banality that is Evil — and that is the magic that is Glenn Beck. Surrendering to Tomorrow: Once, the e-book reader was a futuristic fantasy — Scott McLemee faces the ambivalence of living it out. A review of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (and more and more). Something out of nothing: A look at the sitcom post-Seinfeld. The Charitable-Giving Divide: Why giving the rich a break doesn’t necessarily do anything for the poor. From FT, a review of Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science by Sissela Bok (and more); and the seven secrets of a happy life: New research in psychology and economics reveals surprising discoveries about contentment. Are you being served? James Surowiecki on the crisis in customer care. Every reader a reviewer: Barbara Hoffert on the online book conversation. Whore or gore: Does the Motion Picture Association of America, the self-described “family organization” responsible for movie ratings, favor violence over sex? Martin Wolf on how Obama was too cautious in fearful times. NYC's Golden Gossip Era Fades: Gotham gossip loses grip, fights off rabble — rattled tattletales tell all.
From America, Luke Timothy Johnson on the Jesus controversy: Jesus is best learned not as a result of an individual’s scholarly quest that is published in a book, but as a continuing process of personal transformation within a community of disciples (and two responses). From Inside Catholic, Jeffrey Tucker on why Catholics don't understand economics. St. Peter and the Minarets: The Catholic Church is under assault — a secularizing West, the encroachment of Islam into Europe, and the sexual-abuse scandal all threaten the Vatican's ability to influence the masses. A review of This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Predator Preacher and His Gang by Christa Brown. A review of The Hermeneutics of Doctrine by Anthony C. Thiselton. A review of Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation by J. Nelson Kraybill. From Ars Disputandi, a review of The Meaning of the West: An Apologia for Secular Christianity by Don Cupitt. From New English Review, Nicolai Sennels on Muslims and Westerners: The psychological differences; and Hugh Fitzgerald on twenty-five (out of one hundred) things we all should know about Islam. A look at how "sharia" is a much more abstract concept than ideologues — whether Mideast Islamists or Newt Gingrich — suggest. A review of The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold (and more and more and more and more and more and more). A review of Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam by Fred M. Donner. When Islam abandoned reason: An interview with Robert R. Reilly, author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis (and more). A review of The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism by Tariq Ramadan (and more and more and more).
Rafael Ziegler (Greifswald): Crooked Wood, Straight Timber: Kant, Development and Nature. Louis E. Wolcher (Washington): An Inquiry into the Possibility of an Ethical Politics. Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers): Constructing a Critical Political Theory. Stanley Aronowitz (CUNY): Class and Political Philosophy. Lenart Skof (Primorska): In Dialogue for Democracy: R. M. Unger’s Pragmatist Vision of Democratic Experimentalism and Explorations of Democracy in Luce Irigaray. Henrik Friberg-Fernros (Gothenburg): Abortion and the Limits of Political Liberalism. Rafal Wonicki (Warsaw): Cosmopolitanism and Liberalism: Kant and Contemporary Liberal Cosmopolitanism. Roland Axtmann (Swansea): Democracy and Globality. Julie Mostov (Drexel): Rethinking Borders, Violence, and Space. A review of Seeking Spatial Justice by Edward W. Soja. Beyond rights and borders: An interview with Onora O'Neill. Here are papers from a conference on Territory and Justice. From Quadrant, James Allan on intimations of the decline of democracy; Paul Monk on the open society and its friends; and an appreciation of Isaiah Berlin’s life and work. From Dissent, Rafael Khachaturian on Isaiah Berlin. The overarching telos of liberalism has been reached, and we are left with liberal society as an assortment of private teloi — where now? A review of A Brief History of Liberty by David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan. A review of Are Liberty and Equality Compatible? by Jan Narveson and James P. Sterba. A review of Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists by Daniel Dorling (and more). More on G. A. Cohen's Rescuing Justice and Equality. From Variant, Femi Folorunso remembers Brian Barry. From The Utopian, too much justice: An interview with Harvey C. Mansfield. A review of Philosophy and Real Politics by Raymond Geuss. Leo Strauss is back and better than ever in new recordings and transcripts of his political philosophy lectures.
From TLS, a review of The Oxford Book of Parodies (and more); and a review of Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing by Tim Parks. The magnetic appeal of a meaningful life: A sense one’s life has meaning increases one’s allure in social situations. A review of Cake: A Global History by Nicola Humble. From World Press Review, Joseph Kirschke on BP's Other Disaster (and part 2). An interview with Rosalind Cartwright, author of The Twenty-four Hour Mind: The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives. The YIMBYS: Five places saying "yes, in my backyard" to the nasty stuff that no one else wants. A review of True Prep: It's A Whole New Old World by Lisa Birnbach. Atlas Obscura visits the unfinished Monument to Humanity for peace between Turkey and Armenia, long divided by a dispute over genocide. Gadget Lab looks at the secret histories of those @#$%ing computer symbols. In the wake of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Americans cried out for catharsis, and the 9/11 Commission delivered — what we are left with is an ill-conceived bureacracy in the guise of reform. Dying for fame: Acclaim after death may be the coldest of comfort. Even when foreign-language science fiction seems to cater for anglophone tastes, it seldom crosses borders — it may not suit everyone's palate, but what can it tell us about the state of the genre? A look at how books are losing out to the algorithms of love. Too many cheeses can drive society crackers: Slovenian scholar Renata Salecl tells Matthew Reisz about the paralysing effects of the Western ideology du jour, the "tyranny of choice".